MINUTES of Planning Committee Meeting on 19th September 2018
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MINUTES of Planning Committee Meeting on 19th September 2018

Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting Wednesday 19th September 2018 in the Church Hall, Church Farm Lane, Sidlesham at 7.00 pm

Members of the Council and the public were informed that the meeting will be recorded.

Present:  Mr P Bedford (Chairman), Mrs C Ranjbar, Dr F Lewis, Mrs U Pearce, Mrs M Monnington, Mr R Ryder and Mrs C Hall, 2 members of the public and the Clerk, Mrs T MacIntyre.

1.           Apologies for absence:  Mr A Harland and Mr M Mellodey.
2.      Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting held 18th July 2018 to be signed as a correct record. Mrs Hall proposed and Dr Lewis seconded the proposal.  4 agreed and 3 abstained.
3.    Declarations by Councillors of personal interests in items on this agenda. None
4.    Matters arising from the above minutes not dealt with in separate items below.
4.1    Mr Bedford informed the Council that the Chairman of Earnley Parish Council’s Planning Committee has resigned.  The Clerk was asked to write to thank him for his contribution to work, with this PC, towards discussions with CDC regarding conversion of agricultural buildings.
4.2    Mr Bedford stated that no enforcement action will be taken regarding the fence adjacent to the highway at Deanhome Nursery, Keynor Lane.  This is regrettable and will set a precedent for future applications.
Confirmation of Application discussed on 18th July 2018
5.1    SI/18/01698/DOM - 6 The Terrace Mill Lane Sidlesham Chichester
Single storey rear/side extension.
The PC had no objection to this Planning Application subject to there being no objection from the applicant’s neighbour at No. 5 The Terrace.  In addition, the conservation officer should be consulted regarding the flint wall to the south within the curtilage of a listed building.  All agreed.
6.    Confirmation of Applications discussed by email
6.1    SI/18/01581/FUL - Land North Of Swan Cottage Selsey Road Sidlesham West Sussex
Provision of a new and improved access and vehicle gates.
The Parish Council objects to this Application.  The use of the site for the keeping of horses, as is suggested in the application, was tried some years ago but abandoned. One of the main reasons being the land was of insufficient size to provide grazing (minimum of 2ac). Since that initial use, the site has decreased in area due to the location of a Southern Water pumping station at its northern end and is now only 0.35ac.  Keeping a horse on the site will therefore have to be supported by regular visits to provide feed etc. This will radically increase vehicle movements from those currently experienced.  Additionally, whilst the grazing of land by horses is considered an agricultural use, the current use of the site, keeping a horse fed by imported material to the site is a change of use.

Whilst the applicant shows the gate access and the area required, no indication is given of the area required to turn the vehicle on site, a highway requirement. Both the access and vehicle turning will further reduce any grassed areas available for grazing.

Appropriateness of a new access
The statement Page1 last Para by the applicant’s consultant is erroneous .The Inspector specifically does not make any comments about access (see para 2 of decision letter) and merely reports at para 24 the District Councils observations that were based on WSCC Highways’.  Their comments have now changed in respect of the current proposal as admitted by the applicant’s consultant. Consideration of access was not material to the appeal outcome and to say the “inspector’s letter recognises that vehicular access to the site is acceptable in principle” should be withdrawn.

As the consultant indicates, although the site is well within a 30mph zone, speeds of 38.5 mph southbound and 35.5mph northbound are recorded. The southbound speeds, it must be noted are for vehicles having just negotiated the double bend at the Anchor and approaching an obscured junction (Church Farm Lane) and about to round a blind corner. The 30mph was set up for reasons of highway safety and the often blatant disregard for it puts all users of the road in danger.

It should be noted that the references relating to ‘other access points’ reinforces the reasons why any further regularly used points must be avoided. All the locations shown are either historic or were formed when the road had very low levels of traffic and vehicle speeds were very much lower than currently experienced. All the properties shown often experience severe difficulty accessing the B2145 and often can only turn south due to the volume of two-way traffic. A vehicle towing a trailer or a slow horsebox would represent a particular hazard.

The “crash evidence“ would not seem to indicate the true picture where there are numerous incidents, luckily not involving injury, but where vehicles are regularly written off in the zone between the ESSO Service Station and north of the Anchor Public House.
In terms of visibility, both for southbound and northbound, traffic on the B2145 is obscured from view from the repositioned gate by the bends in both directions.  This is particularly the case for southbound - the consultant’s photograph clearly shows this where the local bus - a large vehicle- is almost completely obscured by the bend into the head of Church Farm Road and this is viewed from the opposite side of the carriage way from the site.

It is not clear whether the true ’back edge’ of the carriageway is used in the measurements taken, as there is substantial encroachment of road debris at the edge of the highway. As the visibility splays are so tight, especially to the south, a more accurate depiction of the situation on the ground may lead to encroachment of the splay onto land not in the control of the applicant.

Given that the appeal decision effectively excludes built development from the site a future viable use for the land other than for agriculture is questionable. The elaborate access arrangement proposed would therefore not seem to be warranted and should be refused. There is a danger that if allowed the access, as proposed, will lead to some future development that seeks to challenge the appeal decision.
Unanimous decision.
6.2    SI/18/01871/FUL - Land East Of 4 Cow Lane Sidlesham West Sussex PO20 7LN
Erection of 1 no.  2 bed dwelling as alternative to prior approval SI/17/01007/PA3Q for change of use of agricultural building to a dwelling.
Following clarification, the PC has no objection to the redesign of the building.  It does, however, reiterate its position that the building is inappropriate for conversion. All agreed.
6.2    SI/18/01844/FUL - 89 Fletchers Lane, Sidlesham, PO20 7QG
Erection of 1 no. self build 3 bed bungalow - alternative to planning permission
SI/18/00875/FUL for Change of Use from Agriculture to 1no Dwelling (C3 Use Class) and erection of
pitched roofs over building.
Following clarification of the curtilage of the property, the PC has no objection to the redesign of the building.  It does, however, reiterate its objection to the principle of conversion of agricultural buildings on Land Settlement properties.  All agreed.
6.4    SI/18/01899/DOM - Keynor Cottage  Keynor Lane Sidlesham PO20 7NL
Single Storey Side Extension.
No objection. Unanimous decision.
7.    New Planning Application for Discussion
7.1    SI/18/00691/FUL – Gatehouse Nursery 88 Fletchers Lane Sidlesham PO20 7QG
Erection of 1 no. 3 bed dwelling - alternative to Class Q Prior Approval SI/17/03460/PA3Q
for Change of Use from Agriculture to 1 no. 3 bed Dwelling (C3 Use Class).
No objection.  Unanimous decision.
7.2    SI/18/01986/DOM - Havra Mill Lane Sidlesham
Single storey rear extension with associated roof works including 1 no. roof lantern
No objection.  Unanimous decision.
7.3    SI/18/02061/PLD - Hope Cottage  Highleigh Road Sidlesham PO20 7NR
Proposed lawful development certificate for a single storey outbuilding.
The PC asked the Clerk to request clarification on the status of this Planning Application from CDC.
7.4    SI/18/02069/DOM - The Poplars  Mill Lane Sidlesham PO20 7LU
Proposed demolition of conservatory and sub-standard first floor bathroom extension; new side extension; first floor extension; rear bay window; new pitched roof over existing garage; re-roofing of house; new double glazed timber windows & doors; alterations to front boundary wall to form new in-out drive.
The PC has no object to the proposed building.  However, when consent was sought to remove trees from the property, the PC requested that the applicant replant with indigenous species to maintain the character of the road.  The PC would like the applicant to plant sympathetic screening, where possible, along the frontage.  All agreed.
7.5    SI/18/02166/DOM - Weste Wyndes, Selsey Road Sidlesham PO20 7QX
Construction of 3 front dormers and convert loft space in to habitable accommodation.
No objection.  Unanimous decision.
7.6    SI/18/02056/DOM - Swallow Nursery,  Selsey Road Sidlesham PO20 7QX
Two storey side extension and single and two storey extensions to rear.
No objection.  All agreed.
7.7    SI/18/02115/FUL - Gnomesville Lockgate Road Sidlesham Chichester
Erection of a single-storey workshop at an existing business premises.
No objection.  All agreed.
7.8       WSCC/039/18/SI - The Old Coal Yard, Jury Lane, Sidlesham Common, Chichester,PO20 7PX
Change of use of land to form part of metal recycling yard including hard surfacing and new boundary walls
This application will regularise a situation which has existed for some time.  The Clerk was asked to write to
CDC to obtain clarification on the size of the property.  All agreed.
8.    Planning Decisions
8.1    SI/18/01245/FUL - Hatchers Cottage  Chichester Road Sidlesham PO20 7PY   Extension to existing office building.  PERMIT
8.2    SI/18/01279/PA3Q - 62 Street End Lane Sidlesham Chichester West Sussex PO20 7RG
Prior Notification Application for the change of use of 2 no. buildings from agricultural use to residential (C3) with associated operational development under Class Q of the Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order 2015 (as amended).  REFUSE.
8.3       SI/17/03665/FUL - 84 Fletchers Lane Sidlesham PO20 7QG
Change of use from B8 [storage] to C3 [dwellinghouse] and external changes to building that has change of use permitted under Class P Prior Approval for Change of Use from Class B8 (Storage) to Class C3 (Dwellinghouse) under SI/17/03340/PA3P.  PERMIT WITH S106
8.4      SI/18/00122/FUL - Lockgate Dairy  Lockgate Road Sidlesham PO20 7QH
Expansion of bed and breakfast business.  PERMIT WITH S106
8.5      SI/18/01049/FUL - The Birches  Selsey Road Sidlesham PO20 7NF
Erection of 1no. 3 bed dwelling - alternative design to planning permission SI/17/02717/FUL.
8.6      SI/18/01112/FUL - Chalk Lane Nursery  Chalk Lane Sidlesham PO20 7LW
Variation of Condition 3 of planning permission SI/17/03417/FUL - To allow minor changes to the design of the permitted dwelling including changes to fenestration and insertion of flue for wood burning stove.
8.7      SI/18/01353/PA3Q - Butskiln Street End Road Sidlesham Chichester West Sussex PO20 7QD Notification for Prior Approval for a Proposed Change of Use of Agricultural Building to 2 no. dwellinghouses (Class C3) and for associated development.  PLANNING PERMISSION REQUIRED
8.8      SI/18/01173/FUL - Land South Of Recreation Grounds At Junction Of Keynor Lane Sidlesham
Change of use of land from agricultural land for stationing of caravans for residential purposes by 3 gypsy-traveller families with facilitating development (utility buildings, hard standing, widened gateway, septic tank and landscaping).   REFUSE
8.9       SI/18/01492/FUL - 27 Chalk Lane Sidlesham West Sussex PO20 7LW
Erection of 1no 1bed dwelling - alternative to Class Q Prior Approval SI/17/03161/PA3Q for Change of Use from Agriculture to 1no 1bed Dwelling (C3 Use Class).   PERMIT WITH S106
8.10    SI/18/01489/FUL - Greatham Farm Ham Road Sidlesham Chichester West Sussex PO20 7PA Replace existing steel grain walling with concrete walling and existing sliding doors with roller shutter doors. Lay concrete slab to join existing yards.   PERMIT
8.11    SI/17/02952/FUL - The Gorse  Chichester Road Sidlesham PO20 7PY
Conversion of outbuilding into 1 no. 2 bed holiday let.   PERMIT
8.12    SI/18/01657/PA3Q - Bakers Farm Selsey Road Sidlesham Chichester West Sussex PO20 7NE
Change of Use of Agricultural Building from Agriculture to 1 no. Larger Dwelling (C3 Use Class). Renewal of Prior approval SI/15/01961PA3Q.   REFUSE
8.13    SI/18/01718/DOM & SI/18/01719/LBC - Swallow Cottage Church Lane Sidlesham PO20 7RH
Replacement rear conservatory.    PERMIT
9.           Planning Correspondence and other planning matters.
9.1    Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment.
Mr Bedford stated that no new housing appears to be planned for the parish in the proposed 5yr reviewed Local Plan.
9.2    SI/18/02314/PA3Q - Land West Of 63, Street End Lane, Sidlesham, West Sussex
Proposal: Part 3 (Class Q) Application for Prior Approval - Change of use from 1 no. Agriculture
building to 1 no. Dwellings (C3 Use Class).
The PC has no particular objection to this application but reiterates its objection to the principle of conversion of agricultural buildings on Land Settlement properties.
9.3    SI/18/02337/FUL - The Granary , Mill Lane, Sidlesham, PO20 7LX
Construction of an all-weather porous tennis court, on the site of the former grass tennis
court, surrounded by a 2.75m high green chain link fenced enclosure.
The PC has no objection to this application.  All agreed.
9.4    SI/18/02348/FUL – 79 Fletchers Lane, Sidlesham, PO20 7QG
Proposal: Erection of 1no. 3bed custom/self build dwelling - Alternative to dwelling permitted planning
permission SI/17/01148/FUL
The PC has no objection to the new design of the building but reiterates its objection to the conversion of agricultural buildings on Land Settlement properties.
9.4    Land north of junction of Keynor Lane and B2145.
The PC awaits notification from the Planning Inspectorate on whether it has accepted the applicant’s Appeal Application.  There has been no further activity on the site.  A caravan has been installed on the neighbouring site; the PC has been informed that it will be moved closer to the neighbouring house and the owner will apply for planning consent.
9.5    Mrs Hall asked what the position is regarding the bungalow erected on Ham Road without Planning Consent.  Mr Bedford replied that the matter has gone to Appeal and we await the outcome.
10.         Matters of urgent public importance. Items raised will stand deferred until the next meeting.  None
11.         Matters of Information.None